Veteran political analyst and author, Professor Susan Booysen, says while the number of the youth that registered for next year’s elections is impressive, they only represent a small fraction of young people in the country.
On Monday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced that young people between the ages of 16 and 29 account for 78.31% of the 568 374 new voters.
More than 2.9 million residents have so far registered to participate in next year’s hotly contested general elections.
Professor Booysen says as the battle for the hearts and minds of South African voters hots up, any change in the political landscape is bound to stir up some interest among South Africa’s young people.
Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa